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Many chances to get to the beach this summer by bike

There are many reasons to go to the beach this summer by bicycle. Its fun…its frickin hot, and we have lots of attainable beaches nearby. So here are some opportunities to get there either with group rides or by yourself.

1) Time’s Up presents the: CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE
Friday, June 20th

3 Spots to meet up at:
7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge
7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond)
7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)

The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. They should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace. Bring locks and plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. The group usually spends about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.

Visit the Time’s Up website for more info.

This ride repeats 2 other times…Friday July 11th and Friday August 22nd.

Then,

Saturday the 21st, 2008


the 26th annual Mermaid Parade
brought you by the fine folks of Coney Island USA.

Get out your glitter, pasties, and cheap pirate hats and head out to one of the best events in NYC.

The parade starts at 2pm.

This years King Neptune and Queen Mermaid are those great saviors of public space and proselytizer of the evils of over consumption (not to mention he baptized me at the greatest bachelor party ever) Reverend Billy and Savitri D.

Will this be the last one before the wrecking ball turns the wonderfully seedy Coney Island into Chucky Cheese and Target? Don’t wait to find out.

Then on June 29th, the inclusive Jewish organization, Hazon, which means “Vision” in Hebrew presents:

Join Hazon for this day of biking and beach lounging! We’re starting from multiple locations and biking to Coney Island.. It’s free, so bring your friends, compadres, family and your favorite bicycle, and ride toward the watery horizon.

The Rides converge at Coney Island (around 1pm) at Asser Levy Park, at the corner of Surf Avenue and Ocean Avenue — tell your non-riding friends to meet us there! We will ride together to the Shorefront Y for lunch.

Time’s Up is also doing a ride that day as well:

7. BEACH RIDE
Sunday, June 29
11 a.m. City Hall Park (Across from the Brooklyn Bridge entrance in Manhattan)
11:30 a.m. Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park in Brooklyn

It’s summertime so let’s go to the beach! This will be a great bike ride to Fort Tilden (Rockaways) beach. Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, food and/or money for food, and a lock for your bike if you don’t want to leave it on the beach. We will be having a communal picnic lunch so BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE (or take a quick detour to the grocery store in Breezy Point!)
Come prepared (tools, tubes, water, etc) to ride some miles at a brisk pace.

Weekly bicycle blog round-up.

Here is a bit of whats going on in the world of bicycle blogs and websites.

Tracko in LA, in a tireless pursuit to crank out material has this pretty video posted of what the kids are doing with fixed geared bikes…


SF Track/Fixed Night Edit from Fonsecafilms on Vimeo.

FonssecaFilms …featuring the music of Kanye West, “Flashing Lights”
and these skilled San Francisco Riders.
Donald Arrodondo
Chris Cox
Chris Fonseca
Jason Clary
Terry Barentsen
Matt Rice
Edited By
Chris Fonseca

There is also this video posted there from BBC sports


with Chris Hoy, who is an Scottish born, Olympic and world track sprinter. More info here.

This video is a nice guide to track cycling hosted by the champ himself.

A short film about Hoy, “Standing Start”, by filmmakers Finlay Pretsell & Adrian McDowall, is playing at this years Bicycle Film Festival.

Meanwhile…

Competative Cyclist gives us a sneak peak at Shimano’s new 2009 Dura Ace 7900. Way better than that crappy 7800.

“7800, 7900, whatever it takes.” But hey, Shimano…if you need me to do any field testing at critical mass…I’m your guy.

Speaking of Jacked Up bicycle components…heres one…

Hipster Nascar informed me that Tom (Bonehead) Boonen is banned form this year’s Tour De France.

Now the riders are getting booted from the tour before it even happens (July 5th-27th)

His team, quick-step (QSI) tried to get away with their new performance enhancing drug…Cocaine.

Tom’s got a myspace page. His interests are travel, food, cycling and winning…hmmm.
WHO’s THE BAD MAN…

Perhaps David Millar and the gents of team Chipotle/Slipstream can help get the sport truly clean.

Why can’t these guys just stick to energy drinks like Redbull which can get you to do insane tricks like this…

Kevin Robinson, broke famous BMX pioneer Matt Hoffman’s big ramp record of 27 feet in Central Park on Thursday which came to me from John Prolly

Meanwhile…

How to avoid the bummer life who also did some…Say Hello to My Little Friend…Tom Boonen artwork…

Informed me of this HELL RIDE in Santa Cruz, where you vote for your favorite rider male and female, and then 8 of them get to go into Forest fire riddled California and torture themselves for sweet 5,000 bicycles.

I dunno, but this contestant has my vote…

Besides…”The Butcher” doesn’t need cocaine to be a winner!!

Special Shout out to:

cyclinglyfstyle for commuting with baby on bicycle and dealing with flood waters of Iowa.

Well what roundup would be complete without a trip to Bikesnob who turned 1 year old on Friday the 13th. Happy Anniversary…thanks for making a wonderful place for making fun of the ridiculous side of cycling, like this self proclaimed Messiah of American Cycling…Michael Ball.

Seen here on the right, not to be confused with race promoter John Eustice

Ok, for those who don’t know…Michael Ball, is a fashion mogul who designs $200 jeans for Victoria Beckham’s behind. He is also an avid cyclist and owner of the
Rock Racing team which he seems to be putting all of his time into, when he’s not working on his charities as seen in a snip-it of this press conference…

Trust him, the girls are wearing t-shirts for Rock the Cure…ok T-shirts…what more do you need then that for a good cause.

They’ll all be up in Harlem tomorrow, for the Father’s Day Harlem Classic. For those few messengers and former messengers who didn’t go to the world championships in Toronto, they’ll be uptown too racing.


this is a good time to mention that the New York Bike Messenger Association website, seems to be coming back to life and has some info on Sunday’s event.

check it out here.

This was always a great resource for alleycat events and the fine work of NYC couriers organizing efforts for themselves and for the greater cycling community here in the city.

More on Harlem Rocks event.

Two new sites I learned of (both in Chicago area)
Bicycle diaries

and Chicago’s Cuttin Crew, Holdin it down in Toronto for the worlds. Even a crew from Time’s Up is there…I’m jealous.

Cool Video from this years Bicycle Film Festival NYC

The Bicycle Film Festival is currently happening…right Now in Toronto.

July 5th…the 6th Bike Shorts


You remember summer camp? Mom would write your name on your underwear, you couldn’t wait to see which cute girls/boys had gotten even cuter and might even talk to you. Ghost stories…puberty…

Well now its time for a summer camp theme for the 6th Bike shorts. This is a great, fun reoccurring event to get people to show off their short films about bicycles. Many filmmakers of bike shorts past were able to get their works in this years Bicycle Film Festival.

The submission deadline is June 28th…so get crackin.

Visit the website for more details.

Obama rides!!


Photo by Alex Brandon/A.P.
Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama took some time off to ride his bike. Maybe he won’t fall down like Bush.

Check out the A.P. story here

This was also posted on a cool blog from Durham:
Nicomachus.net

They have Critical Mass too:

BTW

I still have a bunch of Obama Spoke cards. Let me know if you want one. I often have them on me.

Landmark Vintage bike shop

A little blurb about new vintage bike shop from Thrillist

Landmark Bicycle is opening in the East Village on 136 East 3rd St in NYC.

Google Map for Bikes


New software and website helps cyclists find the safest route on their bikes.

Check out the new site at Ride the City.com

Bike Month in full swing in Toronto

So our bike month is over here in America, but its in full swing in Canada. Toronto is celebrating bike month which started towards the end of May and rides throughout June.

I was recently in this large size Canadian city for a family members wedding and found it to be filled with bikers and not just the cool hip kind of fixed gears, but lots of people on regular commutes. Feel the love.

I got a great free cycling map from the government which gave me a good idea of what was going on here for bikes.

It was no surprise for me to read about their recent Critical Mass on the hub and spokes blog where they not only rode on the freeway, they took over the whole damn thing.
See more pictures of their May critical mass on their version of Gothamist

and here in the the Star

Those wacky Canadians. If we dared try that again in NYC it would be deemed a terrorist act for sure. Some day.

The other reason to mention Toronto Eh, is it is the host city for the 16th annual cycle courier championships.

Every year, couriers come from around the world to truly see who is the fastest, at riding a bike and reaching maximum intoxication.

There is a whole slew of Couriers from NYC riding from Montreal to Toronto being followed by a van full of redbull to keep them going.

When they arrive they will no doubt descend upon one of the cleanest bike shops in all of North America…

and home to one of the nicest dudes…Nadir, owner of La Carrera cycles

some pictures of the shop:


Colnogo frame designed by graffiti artist Futura

After Nadir made me some espresso and I gave him a Monster Track DVD,

he talked about his up-coming plans to host a race series in his native country of Guatemala.

But first they will be serving breakfast to lots of bike messengers from around the world. The CMWC is from June 13th-16th and will have a main race, alleycats, bikepolo, cargo bike race and tricks competitions.

There is a lot going on in Toronto for bicycles. In May, they formed a cycling union like a triple A which you can read all about here.

Some other cool Toronto cycling blogs:

ibiketo
and
Toronto Cranks

Video of the tour De Queens

New bicycle shop in NYC focusing on vintage.

A new shop is opening and they are having a party.

Landmark Vintage

136 East 3rd St.
New York, NY.

There will be an opening party, Thursday, June 12th. 6-9pm

Come welcome them to the neighborhood.